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Setting Professional Boundaries and Practicing Self Care – MASSCAP Training Center

Massachusetts Association for Community Action

Setting Professional Boundaries and Practicing Self Care

with Customers and Colleagues in the Social Services Workplace

July 23rd in Lowell, MA

Event details and registration

Setting Professional Boundaries and Practicing Self Care

Target Audience: Direct services staff (counselors, case managers, intake workers, teachers, teacher aides, etc.) in Community Action Agencies and other human services organizations

Cost: $100 for Community Action Agency staff, $110 for non-CAA staff (includes lunch)


This five-hour workshop will provide direct services staff with the skills and techniques to recognize when personal and professional boundaries have been crossed and how to effectively manage those situations.  Topics to be covered will include recognizing compassion fatigue, triggers, and knowing the difference between helping and empowering, as well as effective self-care practices to help prevent burnout.  This is a highly interactive workshop that will provide many opportunities for practicing the new skills you learn.

Tom Ellis, CPC, is the owner and operator of Tom Ellis Coaching in West Newbury, MA.  Tom is a former employee at an MA Community Action Agency where he counseled and coached youth and adults in education and training programs, and in the last 30 years has held multiple positions such as teacher, trainer, artist, counselor, case manager, IT support, advocate, hospice volunteer, mediator, and his current role as Life Coach.  In his spare time Tom lives on a small farm that is the home of alpacas, goats, chickens, ducks, and some labs.


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